A Message from the Editor
We have had another tragic school shooting. We ask all of our readers or send a letter to President Trump to have Mitch McConnell submit the pending gun legislation bill to the Senate.
A Prayer to End Gun Violence
Lord Jesus, as you approached the city of Jerusalem, Before your passion, As your people waved palms in your honor, You saw the city and wept over it because you Loved it.
You knew of the violence and chaos you would suffer In that beloved city still you loved it and wept over it. Lord Jesus, look upon our cities, weep over them, Love them and protect them. Weep over us and strengthen us as we suffer Violence and chaos. Weep over us and love us. Lord Jesus, weep over us and love us. (See Lk 19) by Father David O. Brown, O.S.M.. Profiles in Catholicism
A Quote to Remember
“Why are deadly weapons being sold to those who plan to inflict untold suffering on individuals and society?” he asked. “Sadly, the answer, as we all know, is simply for money-money that is drenched in blood, often innocent blood. In the face of this shameful and culpable silence, it is our duty to confront the problem and to stop the arms trade.”
by Pope Francis
California school shooting hits home for Santa Clarita Catholics by Tom Hoffarth CNS/The Pilot Link to Gun Violence
In Santa Clarita, a church grapples with the aftermath of a deadly school shooting by Alejandra Molina Religion News Service
A Shooting Every Day. The Supreme Court Strikes a Blow against Guns by Dominic Preziosi Commonweal
Should abortion be the most important issue for Catholic voters? Here’s a better question.” by Sam Sawyer, S.J. America Link to Abortion
After 50 years, the U.S. bishops’ focus on abortion has done little to change hearts and minds. by Steven P. Millies America
U.S. bishops said abortion should be Catholic voters’ top priority. Here’s why they’re right. by Alexandra DeSanctis America
Most States Protect Doctors Who Refuse To Do Abortions by Deacon Greg Kandra Patheos
Nuclear weapons “immoral” says Pope ahead of Japan visit by CathNews Link to Nuclear Challenges
The Pope and Catholic Radicals Come Together Against Nuclear Weapons by Paul Elie The New Yorker
Pope in Japan condemns those who invoke peace, but keep nuclear arms by Inés San Martín Crux
A world without nuclear weapons is possible, pope says in Japan by Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service/The National Catholic Reporter
Pope Francis denounces increasing violence against Jewish people by Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service/America Link to Catholic/Jewish Challenges
The Judeo-Christian tradition versus Donald Trump by Mark Silk Religion News Service
Venice: St Mark's Cathedral engulfed by worst flood in 50 years by Ellen Teague Independent Catholic News
Fr Shay Cullen: The Saving of Juan for a Life of Dignity by Fr. Shay Cullen Independent Catholic News Link to Father Shay Cullen
Fr Shay Cullen on conversion of US military bases in Philippines by Fr. Shay Cullen Independent Catholic News
Parolin: more action needed in the fight against human trafficking by Robin Gomes Vatican News Link to Human Trafficking
Community founders sentenced for pension fund wrongdoing. French court fines them 72,000 euros for failing to make payments for a sister for 26 straight years by Héloïse de Neuville La Croix International Link to Financial Crimes
Pope Francis calls on leaders and tech giants to protect children online by Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service/America Link to Social Media
Fr. Chris Alar on Finding Hope After a Loved One’s Suicide by Busted Halo Link to Suicide/Assisted Suicide/Euthanasia
Pastoral letter against racism is starting conversations and healing, bishops told by Carol Zimmermann Catholic News Service/America Link to Racial Challenges
Being pro-immigrant is ‘living’ Christ’s call to welcome stranger, says Miami archbishop by Priscilla Greear Catholic News Service/America
Analysis: The USCCB ‘abortion debate,’ and what came after by JD Flynn The Catholic World Report
What church and civic leaders can and must do to fight anti-Semitism by The Editors America Link to Antisemitism
Push for assisted suicide expected in Illinois, experts say by Michelle Martin ChicagoCatholib
The Church’s procedures to deal with complaints against bishops by Msgr Brendan Daly NZ Catholic
I donated my kidney to a stranger. The hardest part was people’s reaction. by Katie Acosta America
Pope names Italian diplomat as Vatican’s new ambassador to United Nations by Christopher White Crux
Transparency still an issue within Roman Catholic Church by Minot Daily News’
President of Vatican's financial watchdog agency resigns in apparent surprise by Joshua J. McElwee National Catholic Reporter
Christ the King Seminary and Sexual Misconduct: What’s the Best Path Forward? by Peter Jesserer Smith National Catholic Register
Edinburgh: Peace campaigners to launch Nae Cash for Nukes report by Independent Catholic News
Ghana sister rescues disabled children viewed as bad omens in their villages by Doreen Ajiambo Global Sisters Report Link to Children Outreach/Protection
US Bishops Stand Firm, Say Threat of Abortion Remains Their ‘Preeminent Priority’ by Michael Warsaw National Catholic Register
Pope says no to Argentina in 2020, yes to freeing Nicaragua prisoners now by Inés San Martín Crux Link to Prison Challenges
What is Truth? Facebook and Twitter Can’t Decide by Brendan Gottschall, SJ The Jesuit Post
A priest is killed as ISIS revives in Syria, and deadly protests continue in Iraq by Kevin Clarke America Link to Murdered Priests
‘I Was Possessed’: How One Man Was Freed From Satanic Possession by Solène Tadié National Catholic Register Link to Exorcism and Satanism
Vatican makes apparent rebuke of US shift on Israeli settlements in unusual communiqué by Joshua J. McElwee National Catholic Reporter
Hatred and resentment – poison that kills from inside by Michaela van Nierop Spotlight Africa Link to Sexual Violence Against Women
Plague: Untold Stories of AIDS and the Catholic Church by America Link to HIV/AIDS
Respond with outrage to the president who pardons war criminals by NCR Editorial Staff National Catholic Reporter
Did Fulton Sheen Prophesy About These Times? by Joseph Pronechen National Catholic Register
Irish priest addresses climate crisis in Pakistan by Sarah Mac Donald National Catholic Reporter
Buffalo’s Christ the King Seminary: Sexual Misconduct Dates Back Decades by Peter Jesserer Smith National Catholic Register
Four Exorcists Urge Day of Fasting, Prayer and Reparation Dec. 6 by Bree A. Dail National Catholic Register
Church of England says Christians must repent for past antisemitism by Harriet Sherwood The Guardian’
Pope on board to journalists: Make known these cultures far from the West by Alessandro Di Bussolo Vatican News
Judge blocks scheduled executions of federal death-row inmates by Carol Zimmermann - Catholic News Service/America Link to Death Penalty
Why I want to be a cloistered nun by Sheryl Frances Chen US Catholic
16 people discovered in refrigerated trailer on route to Ireland by IrishCentral Staff IrishCentral
Church becomes improvised morgue as Bolivian violence continues by Manuel Rueda America
New Oregon Group Is Tackling Opioid Misuse and Addiction by The Skanner Link to Substance Use/Addiction
Vatican officials: Swiss bank suspected of money laundering led to Pell conflict by Ed Condon The Catholic World Report
Jewish Groups Demand Stephen Miller Resign From White House by Christopher Mathias The Huffington Post
Teenage hopes expressed through painting a giant mural on an Edinburgh church by Rachel Farmer Anglican Communion News Service Link to Spirituality and Art
O’Connell grad shares about breakthrough cystic fibrosis drug by Zoey Maraist The Arlington Catholic Herald
Everything you’ve wanted to know about Judaism—but were too afraid to ask by Jesuitical America
God Never Leaves: What Mental Illness Taught Me About My Faith by Guest Writer Patheos Link to Mental Health/Illness
US faith leaders welcome legislation to stop taxpayer funding abuse of Palestinian children by Independent Catholic News
Amid Salvadoran gang violence, sisters strive to shepherd at-risk youth by Chris Herlinger Global Sisters Report Link to Gang Violence and to Youth Outreach/Protection
Family outrage as “one punch killer” Irishman gets just six months in US jail by IrishCentral Staff IrishCentral
Meet the Twitter account promoting the Gospel, one tweet at a time by Jonathan Malesic America
When Dorothy Day Met Hannah Arendt by Elias Crim Patheos
Israel’s Rights in the West Bank Under International Law by Alan Baker Tablet
A white nationalist in the White House is not just a partisan problem by Fred Clark Patheos Link to White Supremacy
US rabbis from three Jewish movements call for Stephen Miller’s firing by Yonat Shimron Religion News Service
Religious Scientists: Fr. Roger Boscovich S.J., F.R.S. (1711-1787) – Atomic Theory by Robert Macke Sacred Space Astronomy
Vespers for the Feast of the Transfiguration by J.J. Wright
Reviewed by Carl E. Olson The Catholic World Report Link to Spirituality and Music
Lack of prayer creates spiritual ‘zombies,’ pope tells Japanese youth by CNA/The Catholic World Report
5 Points for Racial Healing in Bishop Seitz’ Letter on Racism by Ángel Flores, SJ The Jesuit Post
Amazon CEO gives millions to Catholic Charities to fight homelessness by Associated Press/Crux Link to Homeless
Pope to young people in Tokyo: ‘Japan needs you, the world needs you!' by Linda Bordoni Vatican News Link to Youth Outreach/Protection
New asylum pact ignores migrants' plight, U.S. Catholic leaders sayWith the asylum cooperation agreements, the U.S. plans to slam the door on refugees by La Croix International staff (with Catholic News Service) La Croix International
The Blindspot in Bernie Sanders’ Anti-Semitism Manifesto by Paul Berman Tablet
Donald Trump Hate And Violence Map by America's Voice
Why I want to be a cloistered nun by Sheryl Frances Chen US Catholic
Iconic Singer Hopes to Close Financing Gap for African Women by Cara Anna Associated Press/The Skanner Link to Women’s Challenges
Exclusive photos: When Our Lady of Fatima visited America’s first AIDS hospice by Jeffrey Bruno Aleteia Link to End of Life Challenges
Armagh man pleads guilty over deaths of 39 Vietnamese found in his truck by IrishCentral Staff Irish Central Link to Ireland Challenges
First female French rabbi. After a quarrel with her native community, Pauline Bebe became rabbi of a liberal Jewish community by Neuville Heloise La Croix International
Prepping for Parole.A group of volunteers is helping incarcerated people negotiate a system that is all but broken by Jennifer Gonnerman The New Yorker Link to Prison Challenges
Borno Brothers ‘Band’ Together for Haiti by Andrew Pugliese The Tablet
How many Americans believe Trump is anointed by God? by Ryan Burge Religion News Service
Vatican dicastery gets new youth advisory bodyThe 20-member group will look into issues related to youth ministry by La Croix International staff La Croix International
Pennsylvania Politicians Divided Over Aborting the Disabled by Fr. Matthew Schneider Patheos
Neuroscience Shows Psychopaths Can Use Emotional Intelligence to Harm. Here’s How to Stop Them./A fascinating experiment shows how psychopaths can use empathy to charm their victims. by Justin Bariso Pocket Worthy
West Virginia bishop calls for predecessor, accused of sex and financial misconduct, to pay $792,000 in restitution and to apologize by Michelle Boorstein The Washington Post
Augustine, consolation after rape, and the reshaping of society by Dr. Jared Ortiz Catholic World Report Link to Sexual Violence Against Women
Please support one of our organizations and people who need help
Please send a donation for help save the life of my close friend Alwin Rex in India. Please read the article How do we love our neighbor as ourselves? and send a donation of $10.00 or more to help cover his healthcare costs to Father Thomas Ayyaneth, Syro Malankara Catholic Eparchial Chancery,1500 DePaul Street, Elmont, New York 11003, USA with a notation that the donation is for Alwin Rex. Father Thomas will process donations and send them to his pastor. Thank you Gordon Nary Editor, Profiles in Catholicism
Man in the Middle: A Memoir by Father Fidelis Mukonori, SJ Reviewed by Festo Mkenda, SJ Spotlight. Africa
Mass Exodus by Stephen Bullivant Reviewed by Timothy P. O'Malley America
The Heart Is a Full-Wild Beast by JohnL’Heureux Reviewed by Ellen O'Connell Whittet America
Transubstantiation: Theology, History, and Christian Unity by Brett Salkeld Interview by Charles Camosy Crux
Official Secrets Reviewed by Ellen Teague Independent Catholic News
Parasite Reviewed by John Anderson America
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood Reviewed by DeWayne Hamby Patheos
Frozen II Reviewed by;John Mulderig The Pilot/CNS
Wu-Tang Commentary by Jaelani Turner-Williams America
Feasting with the Saints
A Prayer for Those Who Have Suffered Abuse by the Clergy
God, in your providential love you comfort those who are wounded and afflicted.
Hear our prayers for those who have suffered abuse by those in their families or by those entrusted with their care. In a special way, we pray for those who suffered abuse by clergy who betrayed a sacred trust and who were meant to stand for your loving presence in their lives. May those who have been hurt find support and encouragement in communities of faith, hope, and love. May they discover healing in genuinely loving and caring relationship. May they reclaim hope for themselves. May they be strengthened and confirmed in their resolve to set things aright. May they rest in you who make all things work for the good. Amen by Father Louis Cameli Profiles in Catholicism
I Am Becoming a Catholic
He called me...At first it was a tiny call and I said:
"Well I am listening" He called again and again I said:
"I am listening"
Sometimes His voice is strong and clear,
other times I can hardly hear Him,
Sometimes He calls me when I am looking at a beautiful sunset,
Sometimes He calls me when I am helping to serve the homeless,
sometimes He calls me when I am out to dinner with friends.
I am still listening
He wants me to follow Him now and always.
He wants me to follow Him in joy and solitude.
He wants me to follow Him when others are in need.
He wants me to follow Him when I have chosen to hurt Him
and then say I am sorry.
He is after me night and day.
He is after me at the dawn of a new day.
He is after me when daylight disappears.
His never ending loving call is for ME!
I want to belong to Him and His Church.
I want His presence to become stronger in my everyday life.
I want Him to love me now and forever.
I say YES and again YES.
He hugs me with a strong embrace.
He and I are together with the rest of His followers.
Now and forever. by Holy Name RC(A Committee Profiles in Catholicism
A Prayer for Migrant Children
Good Lord, who said “Whoever receives one of these little ones, receives me,” bless the little ones who are caught in the struggle of migration, separation, and abuse. Give all those adults who are responsible for them and for their welfare the wisdom and courage to do the children justice and to protect them. Make our hearts more ,loving and willing to do the right thing by them. May we see in all people young and old your image and so reverence their great dignity. We make our prayer through you who came among us as a child and who was forced to flee the threat of violence Amen by Father Louis Cameli Profiles in Catholicism
An Encounter with Silence
Loving God, I come before you to pray for my brothers and sisters, your children and members of Christ’s body, at the southern border of the United States today.
What we read of their suffering seems nothing less than a Passion for thousands. Little children crowded into cells where they scarcely have room to stand. Without decent sanitation or food, separated from their families, the older ones taking care of the younger.
God of mercy, I believe that you live within whatever and whoever I am, the ground of my existence, its gracious cause and hope, its true future, its blessed promise of eternal life. I could not always have said so much. But now through your grace I do believe it.
But God of all, I am shaken in that faith when I read of what is happening on the threshold of my country. Are not the women and men and children there also vessels of your eternal presence? Many of them, most perhaps, from what we call the Northern Triangle, have indeed been baptized. But your incarnate Word is addressed to all of them. Your Spirit of freedom hovers over all of them
The Gervais' Story- New Evangelization Summit 2019
A Catholic Response to Gun Control - ENN 2018-02-21
Antisemitism in Europe | DW Documentary